March 13, 2020
The Coronavirus continues its growth in Spain and there are a lot of people with questions about their transmission. The meat has been one of the topics on everyone’s lips these days because you do not know yet the origin of the virus and the rumors that could be because of eating animals raw.
The time has come to put some sanity in all of this and information that I can serve for removing your fears and act with responsibility.
For the moment, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF TRANSMISSION THROUGH THE CONSUMPTION OF FOOD. And not what we say, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the agency that is in charge of our food safety in the European Union.
Neither meat nor any other
From what is known so far, there are no reports of transmission through any type of food. As confirmed by the head of the scientific european agency, Marta Hugas, “the experiences of previous outbreaks of coronavirus as the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV) and the respiratory syndrome Middle East (MERS-CoV), show that the transmission through the consumption of food does not occur“.
This COVID-19 does not seem to be different to other coronaviruses so far.
Recommendations with the food
The meat should not be of concern to us, but that we must be responsible when handling these foods and cooking them.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has already warned that there is no danger with them, even in areas of high transmission, always and when cooked and is handled in the right way.
That is to say, washing hands before and after handling these foods.
There is No problem with the meat undercooked, but the WHO, and this is not the first time that suggests, warns that there is that avoid consume animal products raw.
Plus, it gives us a recomiendación extra when handling food: Do it on cutting boards and not on tables or counter tops to avoid possible cross-contamination.